Blindness
Creative Commons License photo credit: Abhishek JacobAcross the globe, there are thousands of charities and eye foundations dedicated to helping people with sight-loss and eye health problems. If you know somebody with an eye disease or serious eye condition, you will appreciate the importance of these organisations and charities, which help raise awareness and work toward raising funds for research and developments in treatment, as well as provide individuals with much needed support.

One of these foundations is the Sydney Eye Foundation, which was formed in 1981, and is still dedicated to raising funds for updating sophisticated equipment for the hospital’s operations, expanding on their facilities, expanding the rehabilitation services for patients with low vision, increase their offerings of post-graduate training and in providing funding for critical research into the prevention of blindness.

Blindness and vision impairment is a major global public health problem. There is an estimated 285 million people world-wide who are blind or experience vision impairment. What is most disturbing about these numbers is that approximately 80 percent of all vision loss is treatable and preventable.

Essentially, blindness includes the complete or partial vision loss that can’t be corrected with glasses or contact lenses. Many health conditions can lead to blindness, but fortunately, there are ways that you can minimise the risk of developing eye problems and help to prevent blindness. Some of these areas included keeping health blood sugar levels to avoid damaging the retina. The high the sugar levels the higher the risk of developing blindness. Other preventative methods include getting your eyes checked regularly and

Getting your blood pressure checked regularly is also key as high blood pressure can cause blood vessels in the eye to burst and lead to vision impairment. Adopting a healthy lifestyle in both of these areas of prevention is key, which includes consuming a diet rich in nutrients including antioxidants. Foods like broccoli, cauliflower, bell peppers and carrots are good for the eyes.

Australia has a long history of being a pioneer and in advancing the field of eye health and preventative diseases. The Sydney Eye Foundation continues to contribute the challenge of preventing blindness through its important work in research and advanced technology and techniques to diagnosis and treatment.

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